DeKalb writer and educator, Dr. Phyllis Gooden, doesn't need to read a history book to learn about the Civil Rights Movement in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s, because she lived right in the epicenter of it—Birmingham, Alabama. Gooden's father, Reverend Herbert Gooden Sr., was an Assistant Pastor...
One of the most well-known photos in military history and *the* iconic image of the US Marine Corps was taken on Feb 23, 1945 during the battle of Iwo Jima. Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, taken by A.P. photographer Joe Rosenthal, depicts six United States Marines raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi,...
February 18, 2019 is Presidents' Day, a Federal holiday in the United States in honor of George Washington's Birthday. George Washington, the first President of the United States, was born on February 22, 1732. His birthday was made a Federal holiday in 1885, but since 1971 it has been...
As many revelers get set to ring out the olde and ring in the new, one song has become a New Year's tradition. Auld Lang Syne, set to the tune of a traditional folk song, is a Scottish-language poem written by Robert Burns in 1788. It is traditionally sung...
As we approach 2019, we're going to look back for a little while longer before looking ahead to the new year. 2018 was a year of many eventful anniversaries in DeKalb County. Kishwaukee College celebrated their 50-year anniversary all year. The DeKalb County Community Foundation celebrated 25 years of giving....
This year, Americans will recognize the 77th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed across the country this day in honor of all those who lost their lives serving this nation at Pearl Harbor. There were more than 3,500...
This week, December 2-10, 2018, starts the celebration of many holiday traditions. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights, with a candle lit...
On December 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the Union. Tonight, there will be a big birthday bash at Navy Pier in Chicago to celebrate the state's 200th birthday. Illinois is currently the 6th most-populous state in the nation with the country's 5th-largest economy. O'Hare Airport is the...
This year on November 11, at 11:11 a.m., over 500 Buglers all around the world will sound TAPS to honor all veterans from all wars, and to note the end of WWI. This display of brass will include military buglers, veteran buglers and civilian buglers that all have a...
145 years ago this evening, on October 23, 1873, Joseph Glidden invented barbed wire at his farm, now the Glidden Homestead and Historical Center. This excerpt below appeared in Farm Implement News in April 1887 (Vol. VIII. No. 4). It is one of the most detailed accounts of Joseph Glidden’s...
NIU is celebrating their 112th Homecoming this weekend, which centers around today's football game against Ohio University at 2:30 p.m. at Huskie Stadium. Northern Illinois University's homecoming tradition goes all the way back to 1903, when they played the first game against a team of alumni. In 1906, they first...
Harry A. "Bud" Carlsen
It's been 75 years since anyone last saw Technical Sgt. Harry A. "Bud" Carlsen alive. And now, USMC TSgt Harry A Carlsen is finally coming home. USMC TSgt Harry “Bud” Carlsen served in the United State Marines during World War II as the Quartermaster Maintenance Chief for Company A of...